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Barwon Health / Maternity Services

(03) 4215 2060

Antenatal & childbirth education sessions


Barwon Health offers numerous education sessions tailored to women and their partners to help prepare them for labour, childbirth and early parenting.  These sessions cover varying topics and are outlined below:

  • Normal labour & birth
  • Strategies for labour
  • Induction & unexpected outcomes
  • Pain relief options
  • Breastfeeding
  • Early parenting
  • Settling your newborn
  • Brief overview of the most common postnatal health concerns.

There is no cost to attend childbirth education classes from 1 November 2022 (including physiotherapy antenatal education session).

For information about midwife childbirth education sessions, please call maternity reception on 4215 2060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Classes fill up fast, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Conducted by experienced lactation consultants over one two-hour session, this class is specifically designed for women who: 

  • Have had previous breastfeeding problems 
  • Have had previous breast surgery 
  • Have limited access to midwives due to receiving care through high-risk clinics 
  • Have an elevated Body Mass Index. 

Please note: A breastfeeding class is included in the Child Birth Education series for first-time mothers. 

Topics covered: 

  • Baby-friendly hospital 
  • Skin to skin contact 
  • How breastfeeding works 
  • The importance of a proper latch 
  • How to know your baby is getting enough breast milk 
  • What to do if my baby is crying 
  • What to do and who to contact if problems do occur. 
  • Conducted around one month prior to your due date 

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Barwon Health physiotherapy offers physiotherapy antenatal education sessions for women during pregnancy. The information covered in the education sessions is also available in other locations on this website. Please click each hyperlink to access this.

The antenatal physiotherapy sessions are a one off session and cover the following topics:

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Other Resources

The Royal Women’s Hospital has free online access to their Childbirth Education Program. Although some of the information is not relevant to Barwon Health's Maternity Services, we hope that you find the information provided useful as you plan your pregnancy, birth and parenting journey. To access this free education, please visit 

River’s Gift is delivering information sessions around Sleeping Your Baby Safely. The online information sessions are designed for expectant parents and carers. These 30-minute sessions conducted by safe sleeping experts offer evidence-based safe sleeping information at times that suit your schedule. To find out more, please visit 


Last Modified: Thursday, 16 March 2023